Just thought I would share this recent holster acquisition, it might be of interest to those interested in accoutrements of this period and holsters in general.
There is an identical holster shown in Scott Meadows' books on page 229 of his first book and page 306 of his more recent holster book. The example in the books is for an M1909 .45 revolver thought to be 1 of 1, this is the same version but made for the .38 Colt. There was an earlier almost identical version made in 1903 (page 171 or 206 later book) both butt to the front and rear, they differ in not having the tie down ring, belt and leg thongs and half moon stitching.
The holster itself is a lovely example of an open top holster, an idea experimented with from 1902 for the .38 in slightly varying patterns, but also for the SAA in other earlier experiments, it shows that the idea was still being experimented with for a few years.
This example is quite lightweight but like all RIA items finely made, it has survived well all these years still retaining the original thong for the belt, interestingly as can be seen it uses a flat rivet something not encountered on regular holsters of the period.
The trigger guard stitching and rivet helps hold the revolver in place, it is quite tight hence I am reluctant to force a revolver so have chosen to show it without.
Experimental items are often scarce but equally if not rarer are photos of them in use, anyone have photos of experimental holsters from this period in use?
Edited by Dragoon, 21 April 2018 - 12:10 PM.